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FSU Children’s Literature Centre to Offer Summer Author Institute – Three Authors, Three Credits, One Week

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Jen Bryant
Melinda Long
Melinda Long
Janet Stoeke
Janet Stoeke

The Children’s Literature Centre at Frostburg State University will offer its Summer Author Institute at two locations in July. The class, registered as EDUC 490/590 Special Topics in Education, will be taught at FSU from July 7 through 11 and at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown from July 14 through 18.

A non-credit version is offered in each location, featuring three days of author presentations, discussions and sessions involving trends and practices in children’s literature.

For-credit participants can earn 3 graduate or undergraduate credits and will have the additional opportunity to work in small groups with the following three successful and talented authors to explore the world of children’s books and seek curricular connections for their classrooms:

Jen Bryant is the author of “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” an Orbis Pictus winner; “A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams,” a Caldecott honor; and the upcoming book, “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.” Melinda Long is the author of the multi-award-winning books “How I Became a Pirate” and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.” Janet Stoeke is the author of the “Minerva Louise” series and other books, including “Bus Stop,” “It’s Library Day,” “Waiting for May,” “Letting Go” and “Pip’s Trip.”

This class is particularly suitable for graduate students taking electives, teachers seeking re-certification and children’s literature lovers.

Dr. Jodi G. Welsch, an associate professor in FSU’s Department of Educational Professions, will teach the class at FSU, and Dr. William S. Bingman, a professor emeritus in that department, will teach the class at USM-Hagerstown.

For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at or visit To register, go to

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